Invasive Species and the Urban Forest – May 12 in Valdosta

We invite you to join us for GUFC’s Second Quarterly Program, “Invasive Species and the Urban Forest,” set for Friday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Multipurpose Room at City Hall Annex, 300 N. Lee Street, Valdosta, GA  31601.  Attendees will learn about invasive species in the urban forests, available treatments for invasive insects and plants, alternatives for invasive landscape trees in Georgia, and challenges and opportunities that influence the use of native plant material in commercial landscapes.  Also on the agenda are Bugwood apps for Early Detection and Rapid Response.  Speakers will include Karan Rawlins, Invasive Species Coordinator, Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health (Bugwood), the University of Georgia, Tifton; Rebekah Wallace, EDDMapS Data Coordinator, Bugwood; Dr. Elizabeth Benton, Forest Health Outreach Specialist Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens; Elizabeth Moss, Forest Health Technician, Bugwood; and Steve Sanchez, LEED AP, Principal, HGOR Landscape Architects and Planners. (photo by Karan Rawlins)

Registration:  $40 GUFC members, $55 Non-members.  Lunch is included.

This program is sponsored in part by Legacy Arborist Services.

ISA CEUs available:  2.75 Certified Arborist, 2.75 Municipal Arborist, 0.5 BCMA – Science, 1 BCMA – Practice, and 1.25 BCMA – Management.

2.5 SAF Cat1 CFE credits.  A certificate of professional development will be available for landscape architects and others.

Eventbrite - GUFC "Invasive Species" Spring Quarter Program

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Arborist Certification Review Class scheduled for May 16-17 in Richmond Hill

Seeking arborist certification? Need a refresher course?

The Georgia Urban Forest Council will present a two-day Arborist Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborist Jerry Holcomb on May 16 and 17, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (both days), at the John W. Stevens Wetlands Education Center at J.F. Gregory Park, 521 Cedar Street, Richmond Hill, GA  31324.

Jerry will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees. REGISTRATION FEE: $100 GUFC members; $115 non-members (Lunch and refreshments provided on both days.)STUDY GUIDE: Attendees should read through the ISA Arborist Certification Study Guide (not included) to prepare for the review and the exam.* The Arborist Certification Study Guide is available at and An ISA Certified Arborist exam will be scheduled approximately one month after the review course for those wanting to take it. Attendees will be responsible for completing their own application for the exam. SCHOLARSHIPS:The Georgia Forestry Commission is offering scholarships to cover the cost of registration for tree board members and tree care workers employed by a city, county, school or university who are not ISA Certified Arborists.  Download scholarship form here. Scholarship application must be approved by the Georgia Forestry Commission before registering for the class. CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS:ISA CEU hours will be available for certified arborists taking the class as a refresher course. Questions? Call Mary Lynne Beckley at 470-210-5900 or e-mail her at
Eventbrite - Arborist Certification Review Class May 16-17 in Richmond Hill

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*A certified arborist exam is scheduled for the same location on June 14, for those wishing to take the exam.  You do not have to take the exam at this time to attend the class.  Learn about applying for eligibility to take the exam here:

Ramble in Conyers: Honey Creek Woodlands April 25

Honey Creek Woodlands is a natural burial ground owned and operated by the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia.  Honey Creek Woodlands is protecting a natural area that is part of an 8000 acre conservation effort known as the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area along the South River. The conservation easement for HCW is held by the Georgia Piedmont Land Trust.   Join GUFC for a free tour and talk on April 25, 10 a.m. to noon.  Pre-registration required:  click here.

Hurricane, tornadoes devastated South Georgia communities. Let’s help them restore their tree canopy.

On October 7 and 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew pounded Georgia coastal counties with wind gusts felt 50 miles inland, and Savannah and Tybee Island experienced 71-96 miles per hour winds.  The Georgia Forestry Commission surveyed the damage andGeorgiaReLeafLogo the storm-generated tree debris left, finding the highest amount of damage in Chatham County. But other communities experienced tree loss as well, and urban areas with the greatest canopy suffered the most damage.  In Statesboro, for example, over a thousand trees were affected.  View this video entitled “ReGrowth” from independent filmmaker Patrick Rippman on the effects of the storm on the Savannah-area community and its trees.
In January, 2017, 41 confirmed tornadoes struck the state of Georgia in one 36-hour period. The south Georgia area was especially devastated. The Dougherty-Worth-Turner-Wilcox tornado, for example, was a mile wide and travelled 70 miles. But other communities were affected as well, from Albany and beyond. Over 5000 acres of urban trees were affected.


Cleanup will take months, but once completed, these urban landscapes will need help in recovering and restoring their canopy loss.  As someone who knows the benefits of urban trees and the tremendous loss that is experienced when trees are damaged and lost, you can help. Please donate what you can to Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Georgia ReLeaf fundraising drive to restore tree canopy in South Georgia. All funds raised will go directly to providing trees to these towns and cities, and donations are fully tax-deductible. Thank you!

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